My name is Renee McElroy and I am a Financial Coach for MakingChange, a nonprofit organization that offers financial wellness programs in Maryland.
My financial journey started from childhood, as I was raised by a single mother in the projects of Washington, D.C. Even though my mother never had a lot of money, we never felt as though we were “poor.” She always paid her bills and we always had clothes, food and all the things we needed growing up.
I learned a lot about basic budgeting from my mother. The rest I learned from school in formal financial literacy classes. Being able to give back to the community I serve has been a long-time passion for me. I love my work and love helping families and individuals achieve their goals and dreams for the future, as well as helping them just have a better life than they had when they walked into my office.